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RATINGS: 1253   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers- especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs- we’ve taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We’ve not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you’re getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn’t randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the bottle, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and beer fans. Instead, we’ve sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.

Batch List:
Enjoy By 09-21-12   Enjoy By 02-15-13   Enjoy By 02-14-14
Enjoy By 11-09-12   Enjoy By 04-01-13   Enjoy By 04-20-14
Enjoy By 12-21-12   Enjoy By 04-20-13   Enjoy By 05-16-14
                                Enjoy By 05-17-13   Enjoy By 07-04-14
                                Enjoy By 07-04-13
                                Enjoy By 08-02-13
                                Enjoy By 09-13-13
                                Enjoy By 10-25-13
                                Enjoy By 11-12-13
                                Enjoy By 12-13-13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Enjoy by 4-1-13. Clear amber with big white head that leaves lace. Aroma is pretty indescript hops Flavor is quite bitter, some piney hop flavor but mostly bitter. A bit piney, like juniper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1468) - Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2013
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 22 oz. bottle, Enjoy By 04-20-13- Pours clear golden with a nice two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is fresh hops of course, citrusy grapefruit is prominent, spicy, some sweet malt. The taste is light malt, hops, citrus pine, strong bitterness in the finish, but a tad watery. The body is medium to a little thin, carbonation is medium high. Overall this was a nice experiment, but honestly I have had better, I do love the dating on this though, it is definitely fresh. 4-20-2014 re-rate, I assume this is the same recipe for every batch? This is is tasting extremely dank and just better, is it just the mood I am in? Do they alter the recipe from batch to batch? Not sure, but I have to up my overall by two points, original rating 3.9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2213) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2013
on tap Pours hazy gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fruity, floral, and citrus hops, biscuit and meal malt, and tropical fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, fruity esters, dank notes, sweet malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JAG55 (74) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bomber poured in a pint glass (OH NO!) Crystal clear bright amber. Large, white, fluffy head and outstanding lacing. Could not ask for more. Very strong nice bright spruce and orange peel aroma. All the citrus flavor you would expect and some sweet malt accenting the dry finish. Medium body, slightly oily. An outstanding beer and what I expect from Stone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Fairly fresh from tap, as fresh as Ohio gets at least. A fairly typical big west coast ipa. Spicy, grassy and piney with hints of tropical fruit. A good dose of bitterness and a balanced bitter sweetness throughout. Not bad stuff by any means but there a many greater ipas for a much lower price point(24/growler). Glad I got to sample some though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2850) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Enjoy By 04-01-13, draft, part of March Madness outing. Pour was golden to slight straw orange hues, weak head and lacing. The aroma was grapefruits and pine, some faint tropical notes. The flavor was pine and citrus, not nearly as bitter and bright as I was expecting. Mouthfeel was moderate with perhaps light carbonation. Like Stone a lot. Liked this dIPA. But it wasn’t top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a very slight white head. Nose is almost spicy with the intensity of the hops; floral and pine notes com through. Taste is much the same, with some nice bitterness in the flavor there. Good brew...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Amber to light orange hue. Clear for the most part but slightly cloudy. Forms a large, ivory, soapy head which mostly dissipates but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus pith. A hint of herbal/earthy character, but no alcohol presence.

Taste: You may have to take this review with a grain of salt as the beer was enjoyed less than two weeks shy of its "expiration date." Not that a Stone double IPA is going to have any trouble holding up for a few months. This is a brewery know for their hops and "Enjoy By" definitely delivers. While not as overtly bitter as Ruination, this beer definitely has a strong hoppy taste and accompanying bitterness sans the sharp intensity.

The palate opens with dry bitterness which gets a little stronger until it peaks with a strong hop bite. Tropical fruit flavors can be found lurking throughout the first half of the palate and they’re actually quite refreshing while the beer is in the mouth. As it descends, the fruit fades and the raw hop character envelopes the palate. There’s mild garlic and onion flavors present right as it finishes and in the aftertaste, though they not distracting at all. As for the malt side, it’s mostly a general pale malt character with no discernible notes other than a hint of honey at the beginning of the swig.

All-in-all it’s an excellent beer, but not a Hall of Famer because it’s missing a "wow" factor since it seems so familiar to me.

Drinkability: Though big and bold, Stone Enjoy By 4.01.13 is not a challenge to drink. The body is full, but comfortable in the mouth. Relatively soft texture with a crispness to it. Not sticky or syrupy or cloying and is easy to drink in sips or gulps. The 9.4% ABV is well utilized as there is no trace of warmth or heat anywhere, nor does the beer overwhelm me. Drinking an entire bomber alone was easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2013
Draft @ 13th Bistro Double IPA Festival, Hayward, CA. Pours a golden color with a white head. Has a floral citrusy piney hoppy grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit hoppy piney citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (140) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
Pours golden yellow. Aromatic hops. Well balanced hops and citrus. Best enjoyed fresh!

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